By Adele Peters, Fast Company
Every Apple store, data center, and office now runs on renewable energy, a milestone that the company reached last year. But the tech giant is also working on the much larger goal of helping all of its suppliers make the same transition.
“If you look at our corporate carbon footprint, over 70% is in the supply chain,” says Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environmental, social, and policy initiatives, who previously served as head of the Obama-era EPA. “And, of course, those aren’t facilities that we own or operate. But we wanted them to have this access to the same high-quality clean energy that we did.” Continue reading here.
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RE100: Apple is an RE100 member. In April 2018 the company achieved 100% renewable electricity powering its global facilities across 43 countries. Apple is also helping its manufacturing partners lower their carbon footprint, working with them to install more than 4 gigawatts of new clean energy worldwide by 2020. Other RE100 members are collaborating with their suppliers to help them transition to renewable energy. Read about their actions by clicking the link, above.
MORE NEWS & RESOURCES
- Buying corporate renewable energy – a quick guide, contributed article, Recharge
There is an option suitable for every business that wants to reduce its emissions, writes Rasmus Nedegaard, founder and managing director of Act Renewable, an independent corporate renewables advisory consultancy formed through a joint venture between developer BayWa r.e. and environmental consulting firm RESET Carbon.
- How Private Finance is Moving the Needle on Climate Action, Rocky Mountain Institute
- Referenced in RMI Article: Climate Finance Leadership Initiative
- GreenBiz Webcast: How Business is Taking on Climate Change
- T-Mobile inks five contracts in pursuit of 100% renewables pledge, Renewables Now
- 9 Tips For How To Innovate And Protect The Environment – From Intel, Forbes
Intel is one of the most innovative and successful companies in the world, and it is again considered one of “The Most Reputable Companies in the World,” by Forbes, rising up on the 2019 list to number 11 on this list of 100 companies.
- Pre-built solar homes could make renewable energy almost 50% cheaper, Inverse
- Solar Panels for Every House? Maryland Suburb to Consider It, U.S. News & World Report
- New solar panels expected to power nearly 19,000 Colorado Springs homes, KRDO
- UMass grows towards sustainability, Amherst Wire
The Sustainability Slammer set environmental goals for the year to hopefully create a more sustainable campus for years to come.
- Sustainability Slam Guidelines – 1-Page PDF, We Sustain, Western Michigan University
- First gas station in America to ditch oil for 100% electric vehicle charging opens in Maryland, CNBC. RS Automotives, the local gas station, has been around since 1958, made the switch. Depeswar Doley, owner of the station was unhappy with the way oil and gasoline companies structure contracts and decided to go to 100% EV charging. There are more than 20,700 registered electric vehicles in Maryland, and the area also has an electric taxi service in need of more charging infrastructure.
NEW CARBON SEQUESTRATION INITIATIVE
The Family Forest Carbon Program (FFCP), a partnership between the American Forest Foundation (AFF) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), is a new approach to globally significant climate mitigation that taps into the carbon storage potential of the 290-million acres of family-owned U.S. forestland. The program creates a new market for private landowners, giving them another option to offset forest management costs and generate income from their land. Learn more here.
South Australia unveils plans for 100% renewable hydrogen economy, Renew Economy
Recent studies have shown that the cost of wind and solar has fallen so dramatically, and the cost of electrolysers is also expected to fall at the same rate, that renewable hydrogen will be able to compete on costs with “brown” or “grey” hydrogen, used from coal or other fossil fuel sources.
- The slow, inexorable rise of green hydrogen, PV Magazine
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) believes the production of hydrogen from renewables has the potential to deliver 19 exajoules of energy in 2050. Some 16 TW of solar and wind power generation capacity – 120 exajoules – may be needed to generate green hydrogen or related products from electrolysis by that point. Today the world hosts around 7 TW of total power generation capacity, around 1 TW of which comes from solar and wind, according to IRENA’s Hydrogen: A renewable energy perspective report. An International Energy Agency report on The Future of Hydrogen stated fossil-fueled production of the fuel is responsible for “annual CO2 emissions equivalent to those of Indonesia and the United Kingdom combined”.
- Electrolysis breakthrough could solve the hydrogen conundrum, by Alexandr Simonov, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Published by Phys.Org.
Australia, with its abundant sun and wind, has the potential to become a renewable energy superpower. By using electrolysis, hydrogen gas could be created from excess electricity generated by large renewable electricity projects. This hydrogen could be used as a fuel within Australia and exported to countries hungry for fossil fuels alternatives.